The top 5 free events in Toronto: April 6-12 2015
Free events in Toronto this week run from the culty-kitsch to high art, and if you don't see any difference between the two you probably grew up as broke as I did. Mind my tone. There's also a fancy vintage clothing swap you might be permitted to enter (no '90s, Spice Girls fans) and then, of course, unlimited free pancakes at the Pancakes & Booze Art Show, a steal for $5 at the door.
Here's what to do to in your perilously under/over educated and broke state in Toronto this week.
Images Festival (April 9-18)
Images may be the world's most wide reaching film and media event. Much closer a bedfellow to art than a mega film fests like TIFF, the experimental finds a home here with screenings joined by installations, performance, art exhibits, and more - many of which are free. Check out their website for programming.
Etsy Vintage Swap (April 9, Gladstone Hotel)
If you're reading this post, you probably need new clothes. Pull out your un-sketchy vintage (20 years older or more) finds that never fit properly and bring them to this free swap at the Gladstone - it's free, but a $2 donation for Goodwill TECNO is appreciated.
Spice World Film Screening and Junk Food Extravaganza (April 10, Videofag)
This sleepover-style screening is PWYC, but if you don't have cash the pure spirit of Baby Spice will let you in for whatever half pence or whatever you've got. Bring spicy or sweet snacks, dress as your favourite gal, and tell the promoters not to bother bringing sheet music - everyone knows the lyrics to "Spice Up Your Life."
A Mr. Show Marathon (April 11, Smiling Buddha)
This tribute to David Cross and Bob Odenkirk runs from 11:30 - 4pm on Saturday. There will be a best sketch round up at the end, and, most exciting of all: you get to vote on which episodes are screened here.
Bulletproof (April 12, KITCH)
Video Vengeance is celebrating their 15th screening with 1988 cult action classic Bulletproof. There will be a raffle, and the raffle is free too.
Nature Abstracted (Nicholas Metivier Gallery, April 2-25)
Edward Burtynsky and David Shapiro have joined forces. Burtynsky's stunning photos from five-year-long project Water are a "natural" (sorry) fit with David Shapiro's textured works on paper.
Also check out these regular free events
Elvis Mondays (Mondays, The Drake)
Toronto's longest running indie showcase, William New's free show has put thousands of bands on stage. It's at the Drake Underground every Monday.
Free Nights at the Horseshoe (Monday/Tuesday, The Horseshoe)
The Legendary Horseshoe has a storied history, and hosts free indie rock shows in the early week with Shoeless Mondays and Dave Bookman's Nu Music Night on Tuesdays.
Canadian Opera Company (Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre)
September through to early June, catch free classical shows at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts "most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m."
MOCCA (Tuesday - Sunday)
While nearly all art galleries in the city are free to enter, it's worth noting The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is always PWYC.
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